Race, place and nation

Feminists were often involved in other campaigns, including those against racism, militarism and nuclear weapons. Some also vigorously campaigned for civil rights, national liberation and recognition, and conflict resolution in divided societies. Find out more about the range of issues that feminists campaigned for and explore the diversity of the Women’s Liberation Movement.

Race, place, nation and the Women's Liberation Movement

Race, place, nation and the Women’s Liberation Movement

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Sisterhood and After Research Team

Members of the Women’s Liberation Movement campaigned for a number of causes in addition to women’s equality. From racism to nuclear weapons, explore the wide range of issue feminists campaigned against.

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Race, place and nation
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Civil rights and the Women's Liberation Movement

Civil rights and feminism

Article by:
Sisterhood and After Research Team

Although the Women’s Liberation Movement campaigned against racism, it was a white-dominated movement. Find out about the black feminists who set up accompanying groups and about the relationship between race and feminism in the 1970s.

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Race, place and nation
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Patriarchy, militarism, the peace movement and the Women's Liberation Movement

Patriarchy, militarism and the peace movement

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Sisterhood and After Research Team

Feminists formed the backbone of the UK peace movement from the 1950s onwards and were involved in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and in anti-Vietnam War protests. Discover the ways in which women’s politics intertwined with anti-war politics.

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Race, place and nation
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Nationalism, national liberation struggles, and the Women's Liberation Movement

Nationalism and national liberation struggles

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Sisterhood and After Research Team

National identity played an important part in the politics of the Women’s Liberation Movement. Find out how feminist campaigners in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales faced the complications of national liberation struggles in addition to their fight for women’s equality.

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Race, place and nation
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Further themes

Family and children

Discover how the Women’s Liberation Movement challenged attitudes towards childcare, marriage, partnership and domestic work.

Bodies, minds and spirits

Explore the ways in which the Women’s Liberation Movement sought to change attitudes towards women’s bodies and minds.

Sex, love and friendship

No justice without love. No love without justice. How did sex, sexuality, love and justice relate to the Women’s Liberation Movement?

Race, place and nation

How did the feminism of the Women’s Liberation Movement overlap with campaigns against racism, militarism and nuclear weapons?

Education

How were girls taught and brought up before women’s liberation? Find out how activism by teachers, students, writers and publishers led to changes in teaching, sex education and academia.

Equality and work

Find out how the Women’s Liberation Movement fought for equal pay, access to training, equality in religious institutions, and recognition of work carried out by women.

Activism

Learn about the many forms of activism used by the Women’s Liberation Movement, from consciousness-raising to campaigns and protests.

Politics and legislation

How did WLM campaigns lead to more equal political representation and legislation changes that have fundamentally altered women’s lives?

Changing cultures and the arts

How were literature, art, photography, performance, animation, music, theatre, film and sport changed by feminism?

Who we were, who we are

What is a feminist, why is feminism often controversial and how have men responded to Women’s Liberation?